Coin designs for King Charles III published by the Royal Mint of the United Kingdom

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Coin designs for King Charles III published by the Royal Mint of the United Kingdom
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A commemorative five pound coin depicting the head of King Charles III held by an employee of the Royal Mint in London, UK, Thursday September 29, 2022.

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LONDON — The first coin featuring King Charles III was unveiled on Friday and is expected to be used by the public before the end of the year.

The 50p coin shows a likeness of the British king created by British sculptor Martin Jennings, who said it was his smallest work.

King Charles faces left on the coin, following a tradition that sees each successive monarch change profile.

He does not wear a crown, which previous kings did not wear either, although Queen Elizabeth II did in all five coins produced during her reign.

An employee organizes a display of coins during the unveiling of the design of the first King Charles III coins by the Royal Mint in London, UK, Thursday September 29, 2022.

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The same image will be used on the 1 pence to £2 coins from the start of next year.

The text on the new coin says “CHARLES III • D • G • REX • ​​F • D • 5 BOOKS • 2022”, a shortening of the Latin “King Charles III, by the grace of God, defender of the faith”, the BBC reported.

The existing 29 billion coins featuring the Queen in circulation in the UK, as well as Commonwealth countries including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, will be legal tender and will be phased out naturally and over time.

It was once common for the public to wear pieces depicting more than one monarch.

A coin display showing the five versions of Queen Elizabeth II’s head used during her lifetime, and the new head of King Charles III on a new 50p coin

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The Royal Mint, which has been making coins featuring the monarch for more than 1,100 years and is Britain’s oldest company, said it will be available for collectors next week and will generally be in use before the end of the month. ‘year.

“While technology has advanced, we continue to honor British craftsmanship passed down over centuries,” said Anne Jessopp, chief executive of the Royal Mint.

“Our team of skilled model makers, toolmakers and engravers will ensure that the King’s effigy is faithfully reproduced on millions of pieces.”

The Royal Mint will also release a £5 commemorative crown – a coin intended for use as a memento or collectible which is not generally accepted – featuring images of Queen Elizabeth II around the start and end of her reign 70 years old.

The reverse of a commemorative five pound coin depicting two portraits of Queen Elizabeth II being held by an employee of the Royal Mint.

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King Charles ascended the throne on September 8 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, his mother.

This week, the palace said the cause of death recorded on his birth certificate was “old age”. She was 96 years old.

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